July 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July 30, 2021 Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 11

My Goings-On in July:

Here are the things that stand out to me this month:

  • Not much blogging. Or reading. July was an incredibly slumpy blogging and reading month for me. Actually, let’s face it, I’ve been in a bit of a slump for almost two years now. It’s frustrating, but fretting about it doesn’t seem to help, so I guess I just have to do what I can and stop worrying about what I’m not getting done.
  • Purdue college visit. We visited Purdue and really loved it. This school’s landscape architecture program is highly rated, and it would be a great option for Danielle.
  • Volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank. They started allowing volunteer sessions at Bernie’s again, Yay!

Features & Discussions:

July 2021 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
July 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway

My 2021 Reading Progress:

Somehow I only read 8 books in July (and 3 of them are verse novels I read in just the last few days—this doesn’t include a picture book I read for review, though). This put me at 66 books so far this year and 9 books ahead of being on track for my Goodreads goal of 100.

I also read my AMM mentee’s manuscript twice (once straight through for flow and once for notes), which brings my total manuscripts read to 9 for the year.

July 2021 Reviews

  • The Verdigris Pawn by Alysa Wishingrad | Review
  • The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim | Review
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson | Review
  • Long Distance by Whitney Gardner | Review
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston | Review
  • What’s Inside a Flower? And Other Questions about Science & Nature by Rachel Ignotofsky | Review

July Best of the Bunch:

(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)

Since I only reviewed one YA book in June, I’m only choosing a MG favorite,  The Verdigris Pawn. I loved this unique fantasy!


2021 Goals Progress:

The Discussion Challenge is my one and only goal for 2021.

Progress: 6/21-30 Discussions (Chatty Kathy)

I posted no discussions in June.

How to Create Book Page Art. (And a Peek at Mine!)
The Joys of Verse Novels, Graphic Novels and Other Very Quick Reads. Let’s Discuss!
Balancing Spending on the Blog, Making Money, and All the Moral Dilemmas that Go Along With It
I’ve Been Stalking Your Goodreads.
2020 End of Year Book Survey (& Year in Graphs!)
Unbiased Reviews: Is There Such a Thing?

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight


Wrap-Up Round-Up!

Don’t forget to link your July wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up. And enter the giveaway!

11 Responses to “July 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch”

  1. Sam@WLABB

    Not bad, 8 books, with all your other obligations. AND you’re still ahead in your reading challenge. Good job! Glad to hear things are opening up for in-person volunteering. I did virtual for my job. It was interesting.

  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I can relate to the slumpy feeling. I’ve been blogging since 2014, and I feel like I’ve run out of ideas. I get déjà vu every time I post because I feel like I’ve blogged about every bookish topic! I hope you have a great August!

  3. Gretchen

    Slumps are frustrating. Your daughter’s major sounds fascinating. Glad you had a good college visit. I know when my kids were that age, I found it hard to concentrate on anything. There is a lot to think about. Hope you have a good August!

  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Slumps can be annoying, but I agree – focus on what you are doing and don’t worry about the rest! Reading and blogging will always be here when you’re ready. 🙂

    -Lauren

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